Saturday, October 31, 2009

Zombie Girl Hits the Documentary Channel

Zombie Girl: The Movie is now airing on the Documentary Channel. If you haven't seen it yet, it's a must see! Follow 12-year old Emily Hagins journey to make a feature length zombie movie.

*Upcoming Air dates on DISH channel 197 (all times are EST):

Oct. 30th (Fri) at 8pm
Oct. 30th (Fri) at 11pm
Oct. 31st (Sat) at 9:05pm
Nov. 01st (Sun) at 12:05am
Nov. 10th (Tue) at 8pm
Nov. 10th (Tue) at 11pm
Nov. 30th (Mon) at 2:15pm

Friday, October 30, 2009

House of the Devil - Opens in Austin

I'm a big horror film fan. Let me rephrase that ... I love "good" horror films. Not that stupid torture porn crap that's sadly infested our theaters and DVD shelves for the last few years. Please god, make it go away. Just because there's blood and guts and things that go bump in the night doesn't mean you can forget about story and suspense. My husband likes to blame the French for turning American horror sour. He also likes to blame David Fincher's Seven, but I won't go that far. What I will say is that after going to Fantastic Fest this year, my faith was restored. I got to see Ti West's House of the Devil. I have yet to see his last film Trigger Man but caught The Roost on DVD and immediately knew that this guy has "it". If you've talked to me in the last few months, you might've heard me singing praises up and down for House of the Devil. I freakin' loved it. It'll be in my top ten films of the year, no questions asked. It's a story that gets under your skin. It's a film that reminds you what cinema is supposed to be like. Maybe we've all been to too many bad movies that our crap meter is pretty skewed. But when you see a film like House of the Devil, well, for me, it makes me want to make better movies. Because now I've seen how it's really done. And how even genre movies can be great pieces of cinema.

So if you're in Austin, you're in luck. Because House of the Devil is playing at the Alamo South Lamar. Please, please, please go see this film. Support good movies. Remind the studios that audiences are smart and appreciate well crafted films.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Test Screening Audience Needed, 11/16

I'm in need of a test screening audience for 5 UT short films in the rough cut stage. I'm looking for mostly non-film people who don't know any of my UT students or their films.

If you're interested in watching and critiquing, please send me a note at and I'll put you on the list.

Monday, 11/16
2pm - 5pm
UT Campus

AFF Wrap Up

I was a bit lame with my AFF participation this year. I saw three panels, 1 film and 3 shorts blocks (including my own). But I did get to hang out with a lot of friends which is always aces in my book.

And yesterday and last night I caught up on sleep. After a three hour nap in the afternoon, I was in bed by 9pm and up this morning around 7am. So I should be rearing to go for a while.

Now it's time to refocus my energies back to ...
  • More Love Bug Submissions
  • Finishing up 2 Teen Romance Treatments
  • Polishing the Never Date a Teen Idol Draft with Toddy
  • Prepping for The Spider in the Bathtub
  • UT Class

Monday, October 26, 2009

Last Chance for LOVE BUG

Love Bug (our new short film) is feeling the love from audiences. If you get a chance, come out Tuesday night at 9pm to the Hideout to catch it in Shorts Program #5 at the Austin Film Festival.

"Super cute and funny"

"Beautifully done. Proof that it doesn't take a big budget (only $800) or an exotic location (director's house) to make a truly charming and wonderful short film."
  • Grand Prize Winner at Flatland Film Festival
  • Best Comedy at Seguin Film Festival
More info:

Tuesday, 9pm, Hideout Theater Tickets at the Door.

AFF Day 2 (For Kat)

I bid a fond farewell to Clay, Nate and the Dallas crew yesterday morning at the Filmmaker's Brunch. Then headed over to the "What Gets Producer's Excited" panel (which is a terrible title for a panel btw). Lots of information I already knew or have already been through, I guess. Ended up chatting with the associate producer from The Scenesters for a good long while about movies and the movie going experience. I swear if you just bring up projection, a movie or growing up in a movie theater I can talk your poor, little ear off. Later on, did the Q&A for Quarter to Noon which was nice to see the other Texas Filmmaker's Showcase filmmakers again. And ended the night watching the great Ben Foster in The Messengers. I could stare at his face and his performance all day long. There's a scene in the kitchen between him and Samantha Morton which is one of the best scenes of the year. Just beautiful.

Tonight Quarter to Noon plays again at the Arbor at 5pm. I'll race up there after my UT class for the Q&A. Hoping to see some shorts after that.

Tuesday night at 9m at the Hideout, Love Bug plays for one last time. Please, please, please, come out and see it. Love Bug is also up for the audience award so please come out and vote.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

AFF Day 1 (For Kat)

I'm not really counting the few hours I spent at the BBQ or playing hooky from the fest on Friday to eat dinner and grab drinks with friends.

Today began my festival adventures. After two panels ... Kirsten Smith (The House Bunny, 10 Things I Hate About You) and the inspiring and hilarious Crime/Suspense panel I ended up having a dinner date with Leslie, Brent Joseph, Vicki Boone and Alex Thomas. Always fun to run into random friends and catch up. From their I skipped out on more panels and camped out at the Driskill bar-- for about 4 hours or so. But that's where I ran into the Dallas crew and eventually Glen and Cyndy Powell and Savannah Welch for a mini JOB reunion. SO good to see Glen and his mom and have a chance to catch up and hear about Glen's successes in Los Angeles.

And then ... and then ... the Love Bug screening at the Hideout which went really really well. We got a great reception to the film. Oh to hear the audience laughter is just the best. And to be able to share that experience with the cast and crew ... love it. And to watch people dote on little Reese and Kelsey afterwards. Too cute.

Tomorrow, some brunches, panels, Quarter to Noon and some more movies.

So I'm totally beat and my poor husband is sick and deprived of any attention from his wife. I come home find him having a mini marathon of Super Nanny, bless his heart.

Friday, October 23, 2009

Illinois Trees

Savannah's tree photos from Illinois. See, I told you there beautiful.

Rock Falls, Illinois - Wrap Up

I'm pooped after a long, full day in Rock Falls, Illinois. Savannah and I got in yesterday afternoon. The drive from the Moline airport to our hotel in Rock Falls was nice. Lots and lots of hay. Lots and lots of John Deere tractors. And lots and lots of GORGEOUS trees covered in red, orange and bright yellow leaves. So this is what it looks like to have actual seasons.

I woke up super early to spend the morning finishing up my draft of our Never Date a Teen Idol script to hand back to Toddy. And had a great great phone chat about a writing assignment. As a result, I have two treatments to hand off in a few weeks. This afternoon, Savannah and I spent time visiting the Whiteside County Health Clinic, the Sauk Valley Community College Theater Department and being on a panel at a packed screening for jumping off bridges. It was a wildly successful trip and we met so many wonderful people. I always love that part.

But with all that said, I'm anxious to get home to Mark and my cat, Pork Chop. And start my Austin Film Festival adventures! I'm comin' home guys!

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Arts and Labor - MacSpeech Commercial

Congrats to the Arts and Labor crew and director Jason Wehling for their MacSpeech commercial!

Monday, October 19, 2009

Busy Week Ahead

Things are moving and shaking. Or maybe that's just my hips when I listen to Beyonce. Yay Beyonce!

I'm headed to Rock Falls, Illinois Wednesday morning with Savannah Welch. We'll participate in a panel at a jumping off bridges screening. And then a Q&A at a local college theater department. Should be fun. I can't remember the last time Savannah and I hung out. A long time ago probably.

More phone meetings about a possible writing assignment. Apparently a meeting in Nashville went really well. Hopefully that means I'll land the assignment. Crossing all fingers and toes.

And then back on Friday for the Austin Film Festival where I have two films playing. Lots and lots of friends heading to town from LA and Dallas. I'll race from the airport on Friday to the (always fun) BBQ at the French Legation. That's where all the cool kids hang out.

I think on the plane to and from Rock Falls, I'll be pouring back through The Spider in the Bathtub. I have to get my ducks in a row to start some CG conversations next week. We're ready to get some more bids. I haven't read the script in a good while. It's kind of strange juggling so many projects. But in a good way.

Oh yeah, and I got a bunch of emails that over the weekend Love Bug won the Flatland Film Festival. Sweet! Thank you Flatland Film Festival!

Austin Film Festival Screenings

Love Bug and Quarter to Noon play the Austin Film Festival.

Love Bug - Shorts Program 5
Saturday, October 24th, 7:15pm, Hideout
Tuesday, October 27th, 9:00pm, Hideout

Quarter to Noon - Shorts Program 13
Sunday, October 25th, 4:15pm, Hideout
Monday, October 26th, 5:00pm, Arbor


A Gentleman's Touch (Craig Elrod)
Color By Number (Marshall Rimmer)
Keepin' It Real (Emily Hagins)
My Mom Smokes Weed (Clay Liford)
Sediments of Love (Willie Rockefeller)
Straight to the Bone (Erik Mauck)
Survivors (Soham Mehta)

Sunday, October 18, 2009

jumping off bridges - Rock Falls, IL Screening

Thursday, October 22nd, 6:30pm
Jerry Mathis Theater
Sauk Valley Community College
173 Illinois Route 2
Kat Candler and Savannah Welch in attendance
Free to the Public
Sponsored by Whiteside County Health Department

Friday, October 16, 2009

Happy Birthday, Clare

I think of Clare and it makes me cry because I love her so much. She's one of my longest, bestest friends in the whole wide world.

We met at the first seventh grade dance at Stanton College Preparatory School back in 1986. Jacksonville, FL, yo! I was sporting my badly permed hair teased up high with my huge gold bangle earrings. She was wearing the same safari shirt I owned (safari was totally "in" back then) with her big, sparkling braces. I don't even remember who introduced us cause we weren't in any of the same classes. Big boobed Lorie Bohanon maybe? Probably. One minute we were dancing to the B-52s Rock Lobster in the auditorium, the next minute we were BFF for life. Through stupid boy crushes (Jamie Solomon, Rick Hill), thespian competitions, Tuesday Au Bon Pain dates in Boston our freshman year of college, long phone chats from clear across the country (Austin to Seattle), dance parties, Einstein's A Go Go, weddings, children, careers-- she's my family and my heart.

In high school, we all wanted to be like Clare. Ask Karen, it's totally true. Clare was intelligent, beautiful, classy, mature beyond her years, always the teacher's pet, super cool, poised, made straight "A"s, compassionate, talented and always had her shit together big time. Not to mention she loved everyone and everyone loved her. And everyone of those things still stands today.

I'm counting the days to when I get to see her sweet face in person in two weeks when me, Karen, Clare, Kelly Rae and Ama take a little trip to South Padre. They'll be a major dance party USA, facials, gossip, long walks and huge huge hugs. These are my girls. I love them to death.

Eric Friend - Sound Designer / Composer

Our friend, Eric Friend just launched his new website for his company Friendo Sound located here in Austin. Eric's worked on everything from Sesame Street to Beavis and Butthead. And last Spring, he created the sound design for our little short film Love Bug. If you're looking for a kick ass sound designer/mixer/editor/composer get in touch with him. Not to mention, he's just a pretty wonderful human being.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

I Am a Student

Ok, so yeah, I teach at UT as a Lecturer in the film department. I know a thing or two about a thing or two when it comes to making movies. And if I don't know, I usually say with a shrug, "I don't know, let's figure it out". But I'm far, far away from knowing a whole heck of a lot of everything about everything. That's for damn sure. As a teacher I learn a ton from my students. From their strengths, their weaknesses, their mistakes and their triumphs. Because I didn't go to film school and I don't always know the ins and outs of all the technical aspects or terminology, sometimes I take notes from them. But that's the beautiful thing about school.

So because I'm always and will always be learning, I've kind of been going back to school myself. No, I'm not enrolling in a major university anytime soon or anytime ever. No way, no day. But instead, I'm sitting in on classes, taking notes, observing, watching, soaking in anything I can, from acting classes, screenwriting courses and anywhere that they'll let me just sit and listen. And I'm loving it. And learning a ton. I can't pretend to know what I don't know. I'm the worst liar in the world. So after ten years of making movies, I want to learn more. I want to expand my world and my knowledge so I can make better movies and tell better stories. So yeah, I'm a student. And thankfully I'll be a student all my life. Forever and ever. The end.

Sunday, October 11, 2009

The Culkin Brothers

Watching Lymelife tonight reminded me how much I'm in love with great acting. You see actors on screen and they just come alive like nothing you've ever seen. I don't know about you, but I become a little obsessed with certain actors. So much so that I want to write scripts, characters and raise tons of money just for a chance to work with them. Some of the ones I've obsessed over in the past ... Katharine Hepburn, Michael Pitt, Timothy Bottoms, Michelle Williams, Steve Martin, Cary Grant, River Phoenix, Ben Foster, Gena Rowlands, Tom Wilkinson, Heath Ledger, Kate Winslet, Bill Murray ...

Kieran and Rory Culkin are completely riveting on screen. Not just in this, but in pretty much everything they do. From young ages in The Mighty and Mean Creek, there was no doubt that these guys had ... "it" ... I guess you'd say. And they didn't grow out of it as some young actors tend to do. There's a raw, kind of untouched authenticity that they bring to the screen and it's so wonderful to watch unfold. If you're unfamiliar with their work, keep an eye out. I'm expecting some amazing performances to come. And hopefully, some day, maybe, just maybe, I can work with them too.

Beeswax - Austin Screenings

Beeswax - In Theaters
Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar
Go support Austin Filmmaking at its finest.

I Am Rendering

I am rendering. I am rendering. I am rendering. Rendering is boring. Rendering is like the waiting room of the doctor's office. Rendering is craptastic. Rendering blows. Rendering is the bane of my existence. Rendering can suck it.

Captain Dynamo - The Evolution of a Screenplay

January 2009 - I had an idea. I talked that idea out loud in my car by myself until I got a pretty firm backbone for my Captain Dynamo script. So if you ever see me in my car talking to myself, I'm either explaining a story to myself or pretending to be interviewed by Terry Gross.

February 2009 - May 2009 - I taught an independent study class for about 5 UT students. We all met up at Einstein's Bagels every Monday morning and wrote the first draft of our own feature scripts. I might've been the only one that finished the whole first draft by May, but the other guys got close and worked their little butts off.

May 2009 - I got my first round of notes from about 3-4 trusted friends who don't hesitate to rip my scripts to shreds. You have to be careful who you ask for notes from. It's not helpful to just hear "I love it, it's awesome!". Yeah, that's sweet, but it's not true and it's not helpful.

May 2009 - July 2009 - I pretty much wrote almost every single day non-stop to knock out a few more drafts. Watched lots of movies for inspiration and saw every single family film that came out over the summer.

Late July 2009 - I did a full on read through with a full cast and a good size audience. This allowed me to hear what jokes hit, which ones bombed. It gave me the opinions of kids (my audience) of what they liked, what they were confused by, and what they didn't hesitate to rip apart. God bless the kids, they can be brutally honest.

August 2009 - I hunkered down to do a major rewrite based on the notes.

September 2009 - October 2009 - At the start of my semester teaching at UT, my time ran away from me. So basically it took me a while to do a polish of the script, tightening and tweaking. I've pretty much gotten to a point where I feel confident sending it out.

Mid-October 2009 - I'm locking the script for now. Sending it off to the WGA and Library of Congress to get it registered. I'll probably start sending it out at the end of the month. Or early November.

Don't get me wrong, this script will continue to evolve. You'll get notes from everyone you send it to. And when a company signs on to produce it, you'll get more notes. When an actor signs on, you might get even more notes. Yeah, it never ends. But it's cool. It's a fun process.

I am ready to start a new one!

Friday, October 09, 2009

Deborah Smith Photography

A dear friend, Debbie Smith, just launched her photography website. She's pretty incredible. If you need wedding photos or even "polaroid" wedding photos or even film production stills, take a look at her site. Debbie Smith rules!

Thursday, October 08, 2009

Mega Shark vs Giant Octopus

Thanks, Bryan, for introducing me to Mega Shark vs Giant Octopus. If only Mega Shark and Giant Octopus could be friends and didn't have to fight each other to the death and eat people.

Tuesday, October 06, 2009

Procrastination, Procrastination, Procrastination

Let me count the ways:

1) Balance Candler Productions Checkbook, Taxes, Spreadsheets ...
2) Check Twitter
3) Balance my personal checkbook, spreadsheets ...
4) Sync my iTunes to my iPod
5) Check Twitter
6) Bother Mark about technical issues with syncing my iTunes to my iPod
7) File paperwork
8) Check Twitter
9) Talk to a my office mate about his new baby boy.
10) Check Twitter
11) Think about the subtitles I need to finish for Love Bug.

BUT in my defense I did get up at 6:30am and wrote for about three hours at Einstein's Bagels. Ok, I feel better for saying that out loud. I'm just having a hard time getting back into it. I have a Friday looming deadline.

Coming up to my office = No writing will get done. Stick with the coffeeshops, Kat.

Monday, October 05, 2009

jumping off bridges, Tuesday, 10/6, 6:30pm

jumping off bridges screening
Tuesday, October 6th
Windsor Park Branch Public Library, Austin, TX
5833 Westminster Drive
6:30pm - 8:30pm
Free to the Public
Q&A to Follow with Kat Candler and Katie Lemon (Actress)

Sunday, October 04, 2009

Bright Star (2009)

When I saw The Piano for the first time, it changed the way I looked at movies. I went back to see it in the theater at least five times. I've appreciated Jane Campion's films since The Piano, but not until now have I fallen in love with another one of her films. I'm in love and intoxicated by Bright Star. It's absolutely magnificent. I was mesmerized by all three lead performances and inspired by her cinematography and sound design. And ultimately, simply-- I was lost in this love affair.

No question, one of the best films of the year. I'm glad she's back.

Alma - Animated Short Film

My last screening at Fantastic Fest was the animated shorts program. This is a teaser from one of my favorites.

Alma - Teaser from Rodrigo Blaas on Vimeo.

Friday, October 02, 2009

Hey Real World, I Remember You

After a fantastic week at Fantastic Fest, I've remembered what the real world beyond the Alamo South Lamar walls looks like. And if I don't eat Alamo food for a long long while, I'll probably be the healthier for it. Fantastic Fest was super duper fun, but I have to say goodbye ... until next year.

Now, back to the real world!

Prepping Love Bug and Quarter to Noon for more upcoming festivals. Making quicktimes, DVDs, sending them out. Applying for more festivals.

Back to work on Never Date a Teen Idol, a script that Toddy and I are writing. We're diving back into our second draft. It's my week to take the reigns on our sassy little romantic teen comedy.

In about a week I'll get a few more notes on my teen thriller Love Me and a possible new writing assignment that I'm hoping to land. Another teen love story. Yes, I've been appropriately tagged the "teen" writer. But I'm cool with it. The premise for this new one (if I get it) is pretty cool and there's some fun situations and ideas I can play with.

One more pass at Captain Dynamo before I register it with the WGA and the Library of Congress. I'm close to taking it out to the studios/companies who, of course, will flip for it, pay me tons of money and send it straight into production. Oh yeah, and let me direct. One can only hope.

And then there's school. My students are prepping for a mid-to late October shoot schedule. I'm so excited to see their stories come to life and watch them shine. We've got some good ones (projects and students) this semester.